The England forward Wayne Rooney was given a resounding ovation in the dressing room after breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goal scoring record on Tuesday, September 8.
Rooney brought up 50 England goals, one more than Charlton’s milestone by netting a penalty in the 84th minutes during the 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Wembley.
Shortly after the game, Rooney walked into the dressing room to meet his team-mates and coach Roy Hodgson who presented the skipper with a commemorative shirt on which ‘Rooney 50? was printed on the back.
His team-mates then chanted his name (Rooney), which led to the record-breaker making an impromptu speech.
An emotional Rooney thanked those who have helped his career.
He said: “I want to thank all of the coaches, the players, and the staff who I have worked with for such a long time.
“This is such a huge moment for myself and my family in my career. Hopefully for the team and for myself there will be a lot more to come, we can be successful.
“Hopefully a lot of the younger lads coming through like Harry [Kane], Ross [Barkley], and Raheem [Sterling] can come close and even pass me in the future.
“I am grateful, it means the world to me and thank you very much.”
Speaking shortly after, Hodgson believes Rooney could potentially score upwards of 60 goals.
Hodgson said: “If he plays to 2018 at least we are talking 20 or 30 games, so 10 to 15 goals with his rate of scoring.”
Sir Bobby Charlton, a member of England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966, said of Rooney’s achievement: “I would like to congratulate Wayne on becoming England’s leading goalscorer.
“I have always been very proud to hold this record. Playing for my country was always an honour and a privilege and something I did with great pride.
“I obviously cannot deny that I am disappointed that I now don’t hold this record, however, I am absolutely delighted that it is Wayne, as captain of my beloved club and country, who now holds this record.
“On behalf of myself and everyone at Manchester United I would like to say, ‘Congratulations Wayne this is a very proud moment for you and your family. It is a record that I am sure you will hold for a long time.”
It took the England skipper, Rooney 12 years and 107 matches to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record.
Watch Rooney giving an impromptu speech below: